GUSA Roundup: Is butter compostable?

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In yesterday’s GUSA meeting, the last of the semester, the Senate voted to start a composting program in Southwest Quad, students get a chance to change sign-in rules, and the Senate allocated $200 to a student heading to Ghana.

A referendum that we can all get behind
According to Nate Tisa (SFS ’14), ResLife will agree to allow 24-hour access to all buildings of Southwest Quad for all of residents of the three buildings if the proposal receives enough support on IdeaScale. GUSA’s goal is for the proposal to receive 300 signatures. Vote here if you’re sick of signing-in all of your late-night booty calls.

GUSA starts doing its part to save the Earth
At Sunday’s GUSA meeting, the Senate approved a bill to begin a composting program in Village B. Introduced by Speaker Tisa and Senator Vetone Ivezaj (COL ’13), “An Act to Create a Pilot Program for Composting in Village B” was unanimously passed by the Senate. This bill, a product of the month-old Subcommittee on Sustainability, initiates voluntary composting for residents of Village B, with the intention of expanding to Henle, Village A, and Nevils.

“Residents of Village B will get a bin for their apartment to place food scraps, cardboard, etc. They will dump it out once a week in the central composting bin next to garbage receptacles, where it will then be taken to Leo’s composting. There will be a logbook next to the central bin. Every time you compost, you will receive a raffle ticket for a prize, such as a restaurant gift card. This is to provide incentive and help with publicity,” Tisa said.

According to Ivezaj, the project hasn’t expanded to dorms because they don’t generate a large amount of compostable material. “The Contemplation in Action townhouse began composting last year with much success. The Sustainability Committee seeks to eventually expand composting to all undergraduate apartments on campus. Dorms are not a target, as we are focusing solely on those producing significant amounts of organic waste. Dorm residents mainly go to Leos,” Ivezaj added.

Tisa would also like everyone to know that composting does not smell.

Helping a student helps the student body
Other business of the evening included the passing of GUSA Fund Funding Packages 1 and 2. Package 1 allocates $200 to Tyler Eldridge (SFS ’13) to help fund his trip to Ghana with Community Water Solutions. GUSA agreed to provide financial support on the basis that the Eldridge’s endeavor will benefit the student body through presentations Eldridge will hold upon his return.

Tisa spelled it out for us. “The student body is made of students. Individuals raise the student profile as a whole. They can experience opportunities we don’t have here on campus and bring back their knowledge,” said Tisa.

“Letting him carry out this very academic pursuit speaks to Georgetown ideals,” said Sen. Sheila Walsh (COL ’14).

The bill passed by a vote of 21-2. It sets precedence for allocation of GUSA funds to individual students.

Goo-sa fashion
In the Good of the Order Segment, Sen. Cannon Warren (SFS ’14) said, “Speaking of Good of the Order, has anyone noticed how good I look today?”

Warren wore a neon green jacket and matching hat.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this post stated that the administration will open all buildings of SWQ if the proposal receives 300 votes on IdeaScale. The 300-vote threshold was a goal set by GUSA, not by anyone in the administration.

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